Question: I see at the end of each of your columns that you say it's the law to wear your seat belt. What exactly is the law on that in Alaska?
Answer: Well, the long and the short of it is that you are required by law to wear your seat belt when in a vehicle in this state. Alaska Statute 28.05.095(a) says any person over 16 can receive a $15 citation for not wearing their seat belt while in a vehicle that is in motion. Section (b) of this law says that if there is a person under 16 who isn't restrained by a seat belt, (or in a car seat if they are under 4 years old), then the driver gets a $60, two-point citation. There are exceptions to the seat belt law for vehicles that don't have seat belts and for people delivering mail and newspapers.
The law also says seatbelts cannot be removed to subvert the law, and that police cannot stop a vehicle just because someone over 16 is not wearing their seat belt. I hope that answered your question.
If you have questions that you would like to ask a trooper, please send them to: Alaska State Troopers, 4060 Heath St., Homer, AK 99603. Or you can e-mail them to Chad_Goeden@dps.state.ak.us. The Alaska State Troopers remind you to always wear your seat belt. It's the law.
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